About Topical Chemotherapy
When skin cancer is identified in the early stages, you'll typically have more treatment options. One treatment for non-melanoma cancer in the upper layers of skin is topical chemotherapy. A cream that can be applied at home, topical chemotherapy treatments might be prescribed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson if you have actinic keratosis (precancerous skin lesion), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). To learn more about topical chemotherapy and other skin cancer treatments at Fort Lauderdale Dermatology, contact our office in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
"I’ve seen Dr. Wilkerson three times now and have never felt like it’s been a rushed visit like other dermatologists I’ve been to. He’s been able to drastically improve skin issues that I’ve dealt with for years. Very clean and professional practice."- M.H. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"Dr Wilkerson was referred to me by my primary care physician and I am very thankful he was. After being in a trauma accident sustaining multiple wounds, I encountered a rash and irritation around them. I could not afford to get any infection while healing all my injuries. Dr Wilkerson and his assistant Jackie were friendly and gentle. They asked many questions and thoroughly examined the injury site. The doctor’s level of care was exceptional and he took his time to answer all my questions patiently. His treatment plan ‘cured’ my issue and I look forward to my follow up appointment. Jackie was courteous and gracious enough to call me a week after my appointment to follow up and see how I was feeling and how my recovery was progressing."- S.D. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
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"Dr. Wilkerson and his nurse, Jackie, are fantastic. Two of the nicest people I’ve met in my time here in South Florida. Went in to get a couple pilar cysts removed from the top of my head, and it could not have gone any better than it did. The waiting area, and the patient rooms are in immaculate condition. When you get there, there’s no waiting around for Dr. Wilkerson to come in and greet you. From the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave, you’ll be the focus of their attention. It is well worth the drive if you don’t live in Ft. Lauderdale. I drove from Boca, and would do it again because they are the best."- J.H. / Google / Oct 13, 2020
"Dr Wilkerson is an excellent dermatologist. Not only is he very knowledgeable and experienced, he is professional with great bedside manner. I’m a primary care physician and choose to refer my patients to him for this reason. Also Jackie at reception made me feel at home right away with her welcoming smile and assistance. Thanks for the great care!"- D.N. / Google / Oct 05, 2020
Topical chemotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment that destroys precancerous and cancerous cells in the top layer of the skin. You may be a candidate for topical chemotherapy if you are diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or actinic keratosis. Topical chemotherapy avoids scars from surgery and limits the exposure of the chemotherapy so the treatment does not lead to side effects in your whole body. Topical chemotherapy is not recommended if you have a more aggressive form of skin cancer or if the cancer has spread beyond the upper skin layers.
You will apply your topical chemotherapy treatment on your own in the privacy of your home. The cream is usually applied one or two times per day for several weeks. You should expect the treatment area to appear raw, and you may feel some discomfort as the medicine destroys cancerous and precancerous cells on the skin. You will have to return periodically to our office for follow-up appointments with Dr. Wilkerson. He will assess your treatment, look for any signs of concern or reactions, and adjust your treatment as needed. During these follow-up visits, Dr. Wilkerson will also be able to estimate the remaining length of your treatment.
What to Expect
You will need to be sure you are caring for your skin during and after your topical chemotherapy treatment. Certain moisturizers, such as those made with petroleum jelly, can be helpful to soothe your skin. Once your treatment is finished, Dr. Wilkerson will give you recommendations on how to help your skin recover. You should be vigilant about using sun protection after your treatment to avoid a recurrence of cancer.
A New Way to Treat Cancer
If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer in the top layers of your skin, learn more about topical chemotherapy treatments at Fort Lauderdale Dermatology. Seasoned dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson might treat your skin with medicated cream that you'll use at home. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilkerson at his office in Fort Lauderdale, FL to decide if topical chemotherapy is right for you.